Together Reaching For “The Light On The Hill” Because Malaysia Can Only Be Better When Sabah Has A Better Standard Of Living, Peace, Lower Crime, Respecting Human Dignity By Eradicating Corruption And Poverty(en/cn)

Speech by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Sabah Kaamatan Festival In Kota Kinabalu On 11 pm 22 June 2013 Released On 236.2013.

Let us together reach for the light on the hill because Malaysia can only be better when Sabah has a better standard of living, peace, lower crime, respecting human dignity by eradicating corruption and poverty. An Australian statesmen said that when we reach for the light on the hill- we are working for the betterment of mankind and in the Malaysian context, for all not just in Sabah but also throughout Malaysia.

This light on the hill is what most Kadazan Murut and Dusuns aim for when taking long journeys back home to their villages. This is the journey that all Sabahans can take together to restore and return a people-centric government in place of the present crony BN government.

A common journey towards a clean and competent government that records budget surpluses and reduces state debts. The same journey to choose a people-centric government that shares its surpluses with the power instead of a crony government that robs the people to reward the cronies.

If Penang can wipe out corruption why can’t Sabah? Would Sabah BN dare to conduct a full independent audit by an international accounting firm on its state economic development corporation as done by Penang? When Penang can wipe out hard-core poverty in 2009 and poverty in general by 2013, why can’t the same be done in Sabah?

If PR had won Sabah, poverty in Sabah, which is the highest in Malaysia, would be wiped out in 5 years. If PR had won Putrajaya, PR would have increased the oil royalties by 5% to 20%. Where is the promise by BN Sabah demanding an increase in oil royalties to 20%? Where is the “1 Malaysia 1 Price” promised to ensure the same price of goods in Sabah as in Peninsular Malaysia, as Sabahans pay 10-20% more?

We can win Sabah at the next general elections. After all we won 51% of the popular vote in Malaysia yet won only 40% of the Parliamentary seats. Worse in Sabah, Sabah BN won only 55% of the popular vote and yet can win 80% of the state seats. Looking at the bright side, PR Sabah reduced BN’s popular vote in Sabah by 6.1% from 61.6% in 2008 general elections to 55% of the popular vote in 2013 general elections. If we can repeat that 6.6% swing in Sabah in the next general elections, BN shall be the opposition party with 48% of the popular vote, with PR as the next Sabah state government.

Of course we must have a fair constituency redelineation based on the “one-person, one-vote, one-value” principle. However let me assure Sabahans that out of respect for Sabah and Sarawak joining Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963, there will be no reduction in absolute or percentage terms of Parliamentary seats in Sabah and Sarawak. There will only be “one-person, one-vote, one-value” principle within Sabah to ensure that the disparity between voters is not too big by not exceeding 100%. PR will ensure that Sabah’s number and proportion of parliamentary seats will not be affected.

But we have to perform as an effective opposition to monitor Sabah BN. Our DAP ADUNs have a good start with Dr Edwin Bosi getting the BN state government to differentiate between Sino-Kadazan, Sino-Dusun and Sino-Murut. Junz Wong Hong Jun got one extra radiotherapy machine for his Likas General Hospital whilst Chan Foong Hin got the state government guarantee to build a RM800 million Tawau Dam.

This Kaamatan Festival has brought all Sabahans together regardless of race and religion. It is only BN politicians who do not want Sabahans to unite but to remain divided so that BN can rule unchallenged to permit rampant corruption and abuse of power. Let us not be divided anymore but stand united for a better future for our children. Let us persevere for another 5 years to win power in Putrajaya and Sabah to improve our standard of living and let us live with dignity.

Sabah is worth fighting for 5 years more of effort continuously till the next general election. Remember it is not the natural wealth of Sabah that makes Sabah worth fighting for but the wonderful people and diversity of Sabah who are the real wealth of Sabah and Malaysia.

Together reach the light on the hill – Mamanau tokou dumimpot ü titiu Kanavaan id nuhu.

—–Mandarin Version —

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2013年6月23日发表在行动党沙巴州于2013年6月22日庆祝丰收节时发表的演讲词:

让我们一起攀寻“山顶之光”,唯有通过扫除贪污及贫穷,让沙巴生活水平提升、和平、低罪案率、尊重人类尊严时,马来西亚才会变得更好。

让我们一起攀寻“山顶之光”,唯有通过扫除贪污及贫穷,让沙巴生活水平提升、和平、低罪案率、尊重人类尊严时,马来西亚才会变得更好。一名澳洲前总理曾经说过,当我们攀寻“山顶之光”,我们正为人类更好的未来而努力,而在我国,不只是指沙巴,也是整个马来西亚。

山顶之光是卡达山姆鲁及杜顺长途跋涉回到村里的目标。这是一趟旅程让沙巴人可以一起恢复及归还他们一个以民为本政府,以取代现有的朋党国阵政府。

这是一趟共同要求一个干净、能干、财政预算盈余、州债减缩的旅程。也是一个选择以民为本、与人民分享权力、盈余而政府,而不是一个劫人民、济朋党的政府。

为什么槟州可以扫除贪污而沙巴不行?沙巴州国阵敢不敢像槟州那样,让国际会计公司,针对及州内经济发展机构进行独立稽查?当槟州可以在2009年扫除赤贫,并在2013年扫除贫穷,为什么沙巴做不到?

如果民联赢得沙巴,我们可能在五内年扫除全马居冠贫穷率。如果民联进入布城,民联会把石油税从5%提高到20%。沙巴国阵承诺的石油税增加至20%去了哪里?沙巴物品高于10-20%,“一个马来西亚一个价格”,确保沙巴物价与西马等价的承诺呢?

我们可以在下届大选赢得沙巴。毕竟我们在全马已经赢得51%多数票,却只获得40%的国会议席。在沙巴更糟,沙巴国阵只赢得55%的多数票,却赢得80%的州议席。 若看其光明面,至少沙巴民联成功把国阵的多数票,从2008年61.6%减少6.1%至2013年的55%。如果我们在来届大选可以再次赢得6.6%的选票,国阵就是只有48%多数票的在野党,而民联就是下届沙巴州政府。

当然我们要有公平的选区划分,遵从“一人、一票、一价”原则。但是,我在向沙巴人民保证,我们尊重沙巴、砂拉越在1963年加入马来亚成立马来西亚的条款,沙、砂两州国会议席或比率绝不减少。沙巴的“一人、一票、一价”原则是为了确保每个选区的选民人数差距不会超出一倍。民联会确保沙巴的国会议席数量及比率不会受影响。

但是我们也必须是有效率的在野党以监督沙巴国阵。行动党州议员艾温博思医生让国阵州政府区分了卡达山、杜顺及姆鲁。王鸿俊为他的里卡士选区争取了多一部放射疗法仪器,而陈泓廉让州政府保证兴建8亿令吉的斗湖水坝。

这个丰收节让全体沙巴人不分种族、宗教聚集在一起。只有沙巴国阵希望沙巴人继续分裂,而不是团结一致, 好让国阵继续纵容猖獗的贪污及滥权。让我们别再分裂,为了孩子更好的未来团结一致,让我们坚持多五年,赢下布城及沙巴,以改善我们的生活水平、生活得更有尊严。
沙巴值得再继续斗争五年至下届大选。记住 ,沙巴值得我们奋斗,并不是因为沙巴的天然财富,沙巴州的美妙人民及多元性,才是沙巴及全马真正的财富。

让我们一起共同攀寻“山项之光”。

林冠英

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